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San Mateo Beach
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The beach of San Mateo is right next to the mid-sized fishing town of San Mateo. The beach is famous for having one of the longest point breaks in South America. However, a new harbor was constructed in 2011, and this structure cut the wave in half. On the other side of the harbor there remains a world class 200m break for experienced surfers. The harbor is being developed further to become a fishing port.
West of the harbor, the small bay at San Mateo beach is sheltered from the wind by a small headland, and the waves on the beach are smaller, making it a safe place for swimmers. About one third of the beach is covered with fishing boats, leaving the remainder of the beach for sunbathing, swimming, body boarding and surfing for beginners.
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|Type of beach||Golden sand, some rocks|
|Length of beach||.75 mi / 1 km|
|Restaurants and Cafes||Some in Town|
|Distance to Salinas||130 mi / 210 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||126 mi / 203 km|
|Distance to Manta||7.5 mi / 12 km|
|Distance to Quito||266 mi / 428 km|
Surfing: Within Ecuador this is a well known surf spot, and has been the site for occasional surf competitions. It a world-class 300m point break for intermediate and advanced surfers.
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